WOW...great way to squelch what could become a beneficial discussion. Bravo!
And to be honest, the logic is a little flawed. As the target audience for such promotions, don't you think it would be wise to at least listen to the gripes? I understand that the promotion is most likely wildly successful. But for every 1 that is brazen enough to put their comment/complaint out there...
(and take the abuse of the "shut up marketer, you're just being marketed to" talking head clan)
...there are probably 4 or 5 with the exact same thoughts who will never say a thing because it isn't their job to sell themselves on becoming your customer and/or they know the chest thumpers are waiting to pounce.
As a business owner, I want to know which segments of my market I'm annoying with my promotions. Will I always take action regarding their comments/complaints? NO! But at least I'll hear them and analyze the situation so I know that I'm not mistakenly shooting myself in the foot.
ANOTHER THING...I understand that the marketers in question will also probably take such comments/complaints into account. The purpose of this thread is to let all mighty "marketers being marketed to" crowd understand that not everyone sees a differing view point as whining and naivity. Some see it as an opportunity. You may want to explore that opportunity next time before you bark.
There's my $0.02. Take it or leave it. Either way, thanks for listening.